PAEA Award Information and FAQ

PAEA Faculty & Staff Awards provide national recognition of accomplishments in PA education. Each recipient receives $500, a crystal award, and complimentary registration to the annual PAEA Education Forum. Our most prestigious award, the Lifetime Achievement Award includes additional benefits. Please see each award category for details. 

Important Dates

  • The award nomination cycle is open from March 9  through May 12, 2021 except for the Excellence Through Diversity, Partnership, and Research Achievement awards. Nominations for these categories must be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST June 1, 2021Letters of support can be submitted by June 4, 2021
  • All completed application nominators will be contacted in early August regarding their application selection status. 
  • Nominees selected to receive an award for 2021 will be contacted in early August. 
  • If selected to receive an award, you must still be in good standing with the PA program at the time of the award presentation at the Forum.  
  • The official announcement for the award recipients will take place at the Awards Ceremony at the 2021 PAEA Education Forum.  

Frequently Asked Questions

Nomination and supporting material submission

The submission deadline for all materials, including nomination letters, CVs, and resumes for most of the awards awards is 11:59 p.m. ET on May 12. Letters of support must be submitted by May 19, 2021.  Nominations for the Excellence through Diversity, Partnership, and Research Achievement awards must be completed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. ET June 1. Letters of support can be submitted by June 4.

In extenuating circumstances, some supporting materials may be accepted after the deadline on a case-by-case basis. Please contact to discuss your submission to determine whether or not it will be accepted after the deadline. Under no circumstances will new submissions of nominations be accepted after the deadline. Please see each award’s criteria for more information about supporting materials.

Faculty, staff, and administration from all member programs are encouraged to submit nominations. Current PAEA Board members, Awards & Honors Review Committee members (with the exception of the Excellence Through Diversity Award), and students cannot nominate.

Yes, when nominating, please consider candidates both inside and outside your current PA program.

No, self-nomination is not acceptable for any of the award categories.

If you have any questions about which category would be the most appropriate for your nominee, please contact

For the Article of the Year category, you may only nominate two candidates. For all other categories, there is no limit on the number of candidates you may nominate.

Yes, the same person may be nominated for multiple awards if the nominee meets the criteria for those categories.


Please see each award category for specific details.


No, there is no option to partially save an electronic nomination and return later to complete it. Before beginning a nomination, please have on hand all information required, including the nomination letter, contact information for the writers of the letters of support, and the nominee’s CV.

Once a nomination form or letter of support is submitted, a copy of the form will be emailed to you as confirmation. If you do not receive this email, please contact

Nominations will be accepted ONLY via the electronic nominations form. Hard-copy forms and letters will NOT be accepted. If you are having issues submitting your application online, please contact

Letter of support submission

If you have coordinated with the nominator to submit a letter of support, the nominator will list your email address on the electronic nomination form. When this form is completed, you will receive an automated email with a link to the letter of support submission form. If you did not receive the link to the form or would like to send an additional letter, please contact


See the criteria for each award for the number of letters of support required.


Letters of support do not have a length requirement, instead, they should focus on addressing the author’s first-hand knowledge of the nominee with relation to all of the award criteria. We recommend submitting a letter of support that is at least one page in length, but there is no minimum or maximum length requirement.


Faculty, staff, and administration from all member programs (including voting members, institutional colleagues, and individual colleagues) are encouraged to submit letters of support, with the exception of the following:

  • PAEA Board members and Awards & Honors Review Committee members may not submit letters of support (except for the Excellence Through Diversity Award).
  • Current students cannot submit letters of support. Alumni to the program may submit a letter.
  • Non-members can submit a letter of support, but at least one letter must be from a PAEA member. Both letters should be from people who are aware of the award and the professional setting.


Yes, non-PAEA members can be nominated for the following award categories:

  • Partnership Award: Nominees should, however, be associated with a PAEA member program.
  • Article of the Year Award: The primary author should be a PAEA member, but supporting authors need not be.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award: Nominees can be former PAEA members, and candidates may be nominated posthumously.


Evaluation and selection process

The PAEA Awards & Honors Review Committee determines the award recipients. The committee is currently comprised of seven PA educators who are dedicated to identifying and recognizing the outstanding contributions within PA education.


The committee uses a standardized scoring rubric that correlates with the outlined award criteria to evaluate and score each nomination. The committee reviews the compiled scores and reaches a consensus for the official determination.


No, each award is not necessarily given out annually. PAEA’s Awards & Honors Committee carefully reviews the nominations for each of the 11 categories and selects a recipient when the submitted materials closely align with the award criteria.


Yes. There is no policy that prohibits someone from receiving the same award multiple times, although the committee does take this into consideration when evaluating nominations. (For example, a nominee who was awarded the Article of the Year Award one year may not be nominated again for the same article.)